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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold book cover
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John le Carré - Jul 04, 2019 (first published in 1963)
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In this classic, John le Carre's third novel and the first to earn him international acclaim, he created a world unlike any previously experienced in suspense fiction. With unsurpassed knowledge culled from his years in British Intelligence, le Carre brings to light the shadowy dealings of international espionage in the tale of a British agent who ...
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The Secret Agent
Joseph Conrad - Dec 10, 2020 (first published in 1907)
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Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London's Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, her infirm mother, and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong, and what appears to be "a simple tale" proves to involve politicians, policemen,...
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The Day of the Jackal
Frederick Forsyth - May 29, 2018 (first published in 1971)
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A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And ...
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Ben Shapiro
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A George Smiley Novel
John le Carré - Mar 31, 2020 (first published in 1974)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies. John le Carré's new novel, Agent Running in the Field, is coming October 2019.The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement--especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with ...
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The Bourne Identity Book and MP3 Pack (Pearson English Graded Readers)
Aa. VV - Jan 01, 2013
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[Penguin Readers Level 4]Paperback. Language: English Publisher:... Pearson The man has been shot many times Who wants to kill him. and why The man cant remember As he begins to learn about his past. he becomes even more confused Does he have a future Or will he be killed before he knows who - or what - he really is...
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Berlin Game
Len Deighton - Nov 12, 1983
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When a valuable agent behind the Iron Curtain signals he wants out, it's up to Bernard Samson, once active in the field but now anchored to a London desk, to undertake the crucial rescue. But soon, Samson is confronted with evidence that there is a traitor among his colleagues. And to find out who it is, he must sift through layers of lies and foll...
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Our Man in Havana
Graham Greene - Jan 01, 2001 (first published in 1958)
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Mr. Wormold, vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of powercuts, is, as always, short of money. His daughter, sixteen, followed everywhere by wolf whistles, is spending his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted. All he has to do is run agents, file reports: spy. But his fake reports ...
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A Coffin for Dimitrios
Eric Ambler - Jan 01, 2004 (first published in 1939)
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A chance encounter with a Turkish colonel with a penchant for British crime novels leads mystery writer Charles Latimer into a world of sinister political and criminal maneuvers throughout the Balkans in the years between the world wars. Hoping that the career of the notorious Dimitrios, whose body has been identified in an Istanbul morgue, will in...
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The Hunt for Red October
Tom Clancy - Aug 07, 2018 (first published in 1984)
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Here is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a top secret Russian missile sub. Lauded by th...
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The Quiet American
Graham Greene - Aug 31, 2004 (first published in 1955)
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Graham Greene's classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused," Graham Greene's narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous "Quiet American" of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Wa...
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The Sympathizer
A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Viet Thanh Nguyen - Apr 12, 2016
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Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Sympathizer is a Vietnam War novel unlike any other. The narrator, one of the most arresting of recent fiction, is a man of two minds and divided loyalties, a half-French half-Vietnamese communist sleeper agent living in America after the end of the war.It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At ...
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Bill Gates
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Secret Service by Tom Bradby
At Risk by Rimington, Stella by
Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham
The Innocent by Ian McEwan
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Diary of a Dead Man on Leave by David Downing
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré
Restless by William Boyd
Hue and Cry by Patricia Wentworth
From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
Slow Horses by Mick Herron
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
The Travelers by Chris Pavone